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2016 Sémillon

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WINEMAKER NOTES

SMELLS LIKE:  honeysuckle, orange blossom, lemongrass, wet stone 
TASTES LIKE:   Fuji apple, pink grapefruit, honeydew melon, flint 
MOUTHFEEL:   refreshing acidity, rich & balanced structure 
DRINK WITH:   rich fish & shellfish, grilled asparagus, spicy dishes

THE 2016 VINTAGE

2016 was the longest harvest we can remember. It was one of the earliest growing seasons on record, bud-break, bloom and veraison were all the earliest we have ever seen. For Amavi we started picking in August and didn’t finish until mid-October (just before the rain!).  This combination of early and long created the best of both worlds.  All in all, 2016 is poised to go down in the books as one of the most perfect growing seasons.  April and May were warm and dry with temperatures jumping into the triple digits by early June.  This hot start led to a large crop, with larger berries and cluster weights. We managed both the yields and water throughout our vineyards. By mid-summer cooler temperatures arrived and continued through harvest.  As things cooled significantly in late August and into September and October, it allowed for long hang times and optimal picking dates. The especially long season allowed the grapes to ripen slowly which helped preserve freshness and elegance in the finished wines. 

VITICULTURE

100% estate; sustainably farmed.
Founding member of VINEA.

WINE SPECIFICS

Varietal(s): 85% Sémillon, 15% Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard(s): 43% Les Collines, 35% Goff, 22% Seven Hills
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Oak Program: 100% French; 100% Neutral
Harvest Date(s): 8/31-9/26, 2016
Finished Alcohol: 13.9% 
Total Production: 956 cases

2016 Sémillon

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Awards & Accolades
18.5/20 Points, Rand Sealey: "Blended with 15% Sauvignon Blanc, this offers a lemon gold color and aromas of pear-apple, peach, honeydew melon, citrus, orange blossoms, honeysuckle and wet stone. The flavors are fresh and lively, with notes of peach stone, pear skin and saline minerals. The back picks up touches of beeswax, melon rind and grapefruit peel, followed by a crisp, bright fruit acid finish."